Kolkata Knight Riders, despite being given a target of only 116 runs, had to slog hard to get there and ultimately prevailed in the last over. The slowness of the surface had its calling after Shubman Gill posted a half-century and Surnisers Hyderabad sniffed an opportunity there. With the win, KKR have kept their playoffs hopes alive and will wait for the MI-RR encounter that can potentially have an impact in their planning.
After the tricky chase, KKR Skipper Eoin Morgan stated that the wicket played slower than they thought it would.
"Yes, the chase was tricky. I thought it was sluggish if anything. The wicket is one thing but you need to adapt to conditions - bowl well, field well. We did that well, a vast improvement from two days ago. It swings early in the powerplay in these conditions, but it was sluggish. We needed to bowl and field well and we did. Shubman played extremely well and led the chase. The depth of the squad to be able to call Shakib is a huge luxury, so he has had a huge impact," Morgan said in the post-match presentation.
Further, the English skipper, who is having a torrid time personally as a batter, conceded that the team has done well to hang in there and adapt to the conditions really well. "We didn't know it wouldn't be played in India, and we have done well in the conditions and adapted well. We are focused on playing good cricket and we've done that in the last three weeks. The game plan has had a good impact in the dressing room and guys are putting their hands up. We have done well to adapt to the slow conditions and I'm happy with that," the English skipper added.